New publication!

Our new article has been accepted in iScience:

Welzel M, Dressler H, Heider D: Turbo autoencoders for the DNA data storage channel with Autoturbo-DNA. iScience 2024, 27(5):109575. (Link)


DNA, with its high storage density and long-term stability, is a potential candidate for a next-generation storage device. The DNA data storage channel, composed of synthesis, amplification, storage, and sequencing, exhibits error probabilities and error profiles specific to the components of the channel. Here, we present Autoturbo-DNA, a PyTorch framework for training error-correcting, overcomplete autoencoders specifically tailored for the DNA data storage channel. It allows training different architecture combinations and using a wide variety of channel component models for noise generation during training. It further supports training the encoder to generate DNA sequences that adhere to user-defined constraints. Autoturbo-DNA exhibits error-correction capabilities close to non-neural-network state-of-the-art error correction and constrained codes for DNA data storage. Our results indicate that neural-network-based codes can be a viable alternative to traditionally designed codes for the DNA data storage channel.

Written by: Dominik Heider